It is knockout time in the Big Bash League 2019-20 as Adelaide Strikers take on the Sydney Thunder at Adelaide Oval. While the Strikers reached this match by virtue of finishing third in the regular season, the Thunder defeated the Hobart Hurricanes in the Eliminator to reach this stage.
The H2H record between the sides has very little to choose between. The Strikers have a 6-5 win-loss record with two no-results. Earlier this season, the sides met twice with the match at Manuka Oval ending without a result. At the Adelaide Oval, it was the Thunder who won by three runs.
Adelaide Strikers Preview
The Strikers are in good form and have won four of their last five matches. The confidence in the team is very high. Led by the openers Jake Weatherald and Phil Salt, the Strikers look good to start well.
The presence of Alex Carey and Travis Head make the Strikers one of the dangerous units in the middle-overs. The ever-consistent Jon Wells keeps defying critics with excellent runs in the middle-order. WIth the ball, Rashid Khan and Peter Siddle continue to be brilliant. Having them in your side is a given.
Sydney Thunder Preview
The Thunder have won their last two matches and are peaking at the right time. The presence of Alex Hales at the top is a huge boost, considering his quick starts. Usman Khawaja loves playing in the playoffs and should relish this chance.
With the ball, Daniel Sams remains their best bowler. His ability to keep taking wickets makes him a special pick for your fantasy side. Chris Morris is adding a lot of value as their prime all-rounder and is another good pick.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Alex Carey has been consistently scoring 30s for the Strikers. His skills behind the wicket are a bonus for your side.
Alex Hales loves playing the big knocks and has been among the runs with ease. The opener will be a big shoe-in for your fantasy side.
Chris Morris is the second-best wicket-taker for the Thunder this season. While his wickets keep coming consistently, his quick runs are a big bonus.
Adelaide Strikers: 1 Jake Weatherald 2 Phil Salt 3 Alex Carey (WK) 4 Travis Head (C) 5 Jon Wells 6 Matt Short 7 Michael Neser 8 Rashid Khan 9 Peter Siddle 10 Wes Agar 11 Billy Stanlake
Sydney Thunder: 1 Alex Hales 2 Usman Khawaja 3 Callum Ferguson (C) 4 Jay Lenton (WK) 5 Alex Ross 6 Arjun Nair 7 Chris Morris 8 Daniel Sams 9 Chris Tremain 10 Brendan Doggett 11 Jono Cook
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